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Summer is hot, and the sun seems to be getting harsher by the year.
On days like today, I find it almost unbearable to not have the air conditioning on. It’s not any fun to even go outside.
Imagine what it’s like for a young baby strapped in a stroller!
We had a stroller with a sun canopy, which did a pretty good job at keeping the sun off of my son’s face. We also decked him out in a cute little wide-brimmed hat, and slathered him up with baby sunscreen.
But that doesn’t do much to help them beat the heat, especially on a brutally hot day like we have in the summer.
So what did we do? We got a stroller fan, and it was an awesome decision.
A good stroller fan is also a great idea; they’re battery-powered and mount on the stroller somewhere. It blows on them and keeps them cool, and best of all, they’re really cheap. There’s really no reason not to get one.
I looked up stroller fans online, and I came across the Dreambaby. It’s by far the most popular stroller fan out there, and the manufacturer claims that it works with virtually all strollers.
It makes sense because it comes with a strong clip that you can mount pretty much anywhere, and it bends so you can aim it to blow on the little passenger.
What I really liked is that the blades of the fan are made of soft foam, so even when Alex stuck his fingers in it once or twice, it didn’t hurt him at all.
However, the trade-off to this is that they’re not particularly strong, so if your child is one to reach out and play with things, make sure that it’s not within arms reach because they’re going to mangle it.
It runs on 2 AA batteries and should last a while on a charge, but we’d recommend getting rechargeable batteries to go with it. In particular, this Energizer pack with 4AA and charger is a great pairing. It doesn’t come with any batteries, so you might as well suck it up and get them too.
You can bring all 4 batteries with you and just switch them out if you need to. The fan, by default, needs a screwdriver to open the battery compartment, but we found that you can just leave the screw out and it snaps into place snugly enough that it’s not necessary.
The fan comes in a variety of colors for both girls and boys: blue/white, pink/purple, silver/black, white/pink, white/purple and white with black stripes. They don’t look super fancy or anything, but they’re pleasant enough to look at and won’t look out of place on a stroller.
Since it comes with a good mounting clip, it’s perfect for other places and not just the stroller.
I put it on both our car seat and the crib, which is awesome on those particularly hot days and nights.
There isn’t much else to say about this fan: it works well, it’s safe, and it gets the job done. I’d recommend even picking up 2 of them, maybe. They’re pretty cheap, and you could even use two at the same time if you wanted to.
The foam blades are pretty delicate, so you might even end up needing a replacement. Just remember to keep it out of your baby’s reach at all times! They had to make them that delicate so they wouldn’t hurt their fingers if they stick their hands in it.
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